The Pessimistic Percentages

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Here is a disturbingly disappointing news. For the seven percent of all Americans their smartphone is the only Internet source. This may seem as an acceptable figure at the first glance. However, when you take into consideration that we are talking about almost 20 million users, then you get our point.

So, what is that supposed to mean? The land, which gave birth to Apple and Google, limits the option of people less fortunate to earn less than $30,000 a year. They do not have any kind of the Internet at home. All they have and use is a smart device in the palm of their hands. No more. No less.

The sad thing in this story is that we have the third world Internet conditions for a significant number of people, who live in, the number one country out of all first world countries – the one and only USA. We can talk all day long about our fascinating progress, but all of that is actually in vain.

The proper access to the Internet with a decent connection speed is the very mirror of our current level of achievements. So, the moral of our dark-cloud-story is that the busy little US bees have to find a way to “wire” this mobile-Internet-nation. Until then do not brag around, because it sounds bad.

The French Cyber-Kiss

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One of the latest online surveys in France shed a surprising light on the behavior of the Internet users. It turns out that one in two French web users pays a visit to some of the financial websites, such as banks or insurance companies, at least once in a month. So, what is the big deal about it, you may ask?

Well, for what is worth, you should bear in mind that there are more than 50 million Internet users in France on a daily basis. That gives us more than twenty million visitors of the finance related websites. Or, to be even more precise, more than five million French cyber users hit a bank’s site each day.

The average time they spent on these websites is around seven minutes. If our math is correct that gives more than thirty million minutes for hackers to try something each day. We sure hope that someone has at least five minutes to spend for the potential cyber hazards. Too much to ask. Right?

That was France. What about Germany? We can expect the similar numbers, more or less. Can you imagine all of those millions and millions of unprotected cyber minutes? Oh dear, that is too much to handle. On the other hand, plenty of job opportunities for the busy European cyber security bees.

Smart Fitness – Dumb Security

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The busy little bees in Kaspersky Lab just had a new assignment. This time they analyzed the security performances of the extremely popular fitness mobile gadgets, which are obviously extremely insecure. Why? It is actually a surprisingly simple situation. The smart-bracelets are not to be blamed.

The manufacturers are running blindly for the additional profit. They do not have time nor nerves to bother themselves with the “trivialities”, such as the optimal security and privacy protection, among other things. Why is this so important? You do not have to be a rocket scientist for this one, do you?

If you do not solve the problem with the smart-bracelets, then you are going to get into deeper trouble with the smartwatches. Do not forget that the iWatch wave is about to hit our customer’s shores. We have just opened an additional unsecured and the unprotected door for hackers to exploit.

Does it really have to be this way? First, we come up with a new concept and imminently face the security crisis, then we are trying to figure out what to do about it. Seriously? What happened to the predictions in the cyber security field, as our main and most trusted tool? Obviously, too much to ask.

The Certification Wars

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Google has a new cyber enemy made in China. The CNNIC or the China Internet Network Information Center is at least to say furious about Google’s rejection to accept its web certificates. So, what is the big deal with these certificates? Does it really have to be this way for these “old cyber friends”?

Do we really need an additional chapter in the book of conflicts between Google and China? Well, it seems that there is no other choice. This can be a disturbing and annoying thing for the Chinese website owners. Why? Each time someone uses the Chrome to check out your website, there is a surprise.

As a matter of facts, this surprise is not a nice one. You get a warning that this particular website does not play by the Google web security certification rules. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to guess twice how is this tiny detail going to affect the number of total visits, do you?

Maybe, this is a Google way of paying back some old dues for all the inconveniences associated with the rigid, but extremely profitable Chinese market. Unfortunately, while these two giants are fighting, we, the mortals, are going to suffer either way. What happened to a magical word called compromise?

Gimme The Right Beat For My Tweet

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Hey Twitter, what took you so long to come up with the proper Quality Filter for the harmful, negative, or harassing Tweets? Maybe, we have waited for the others to become sick and tired of all negativity. Or maybe, Twitter has a priority in fighting against the nudity and porn related content.

Now, the malicious content is the next thing on its list of future improvements. For this one we have to say, our hats off to you our dear Twitter. You are a little late, but we do not mind. At least, not too much. For what is worth, we would like to see, how it is going to work in the real social life.

You cannot possibly expect to eliminate all of those annoying cyber trolls, can you? However, you can minimize the damage by taking away their only weapon. Their poisonous comments. Right? It is worth mentioning that at this initial stage Twitter wants and plans to protect only the verified users.

How nice it would be to see what is next on this Twitter’s improvement list? When you eliminate the explicit content and negative messages from any social network, then you get a breathable and cozy cyber space. What are you waiting for? Try the new Quality Filter, as soon as you can, and get back to us.

The Year Of Robots: 2040

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Enjoy while it lasts, cyber boys and girls. For how long we have ruled this planet? A millennium or two? Now, in less than 25 years from this very moment, the things are to change. Dramatically. So, who is going to take over? Who is going to rule the world instead of us? Aliens? Or, robots?

Let us put it this way. Robots with the mind blowing AI (Artificial Intelligence) capacities. On the other side, you just cannot avoid asking yourself what is inspiring these dark voices, can you? Maybe, we are watching too many SF movies. There is a so-called SkyNet or Terminator syndrome out there.

It is about time for us to admit it. Let us first invent and develop something, for a change. Then, we have plenty of time to figure out what are we going to do with it. Eventually, the creator is supposed to be smarter and superior compared to his own creation. Right? The AI is our creation. Right?

If you think in this way, you are going to end up with some pretty pessimistic conclusions. Do not invent computers or the Internet, because they may turn against you one day. Do not this, do not invent that. The brave new world is going to be a wonderful place. Do not you think? This is not intelligent, at all.

The Urban Human-Chip-Implant Legends

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There is a serious rumor we are dying with an anticipation of confirming or compromising, for quite some time. Have you heard something about it? Maybe, all we need is a pair of additional Google eyes and hands. Here it goes. The Obamacare asks from us to get the human implant chips, with no exceptions?

Allegedly, by the 2017 we should all have the new friends, which will go under our skin. Literally. These implants are supposed to improve the very quality of our lives. However, we all know that every time you hear a meaningless and ambiguous phrase, such as his one, something bad is to happen.

We will lose the latest illusion we used to have about our already deeply compromised privacy. It is a great thing to be able to pay bills with the simple wave of your hand, but do you really want to trade your privacy for that? Do we have to mention all troubling religious implications, as well?

Our world is supposed to meet its inevitable end, the very day we embrace the mark of the beast. Or, in other words, the human chip implants. Of all the things in the cyber universe, we had to deal with this one, first. Are we going to use a special WordPress implant for writing and reading blogs?